spread yourself too thin

spread (something or oneself) too thin

To expend more time, resources, or energy than one can maintain or sustain; to undertake too many activities at the same time. Between school, work, and volunteering, I've just been spreading myself a bit too thin lately. I know you're eager to branch out across the state, but we have to be careful not to spread our team too thin.
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spread yourself too thin

If you spread yourself too thin, you try to do too many different things at the same time, with the result that you cannot do any of them well. At the time I was spreading myself too thin, with lots of different projects. Note: Other adverbs can be used instead of too. `There are 80 of us taking care of 117 departments.' — `Isn't that spreading yourself a little thin?' Note: You can also say that a person or organization spreads themselves too thinly. Like so many businesses, the company grew too fast and spread itself too thinly across too many different areas.
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spread yourself too thin

be involved in so many different activities or projects that your time and energy are not used to good effect.
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spread yourself too ˈthin

try to do so many different things at the same time that you do not do any of them properly: Are you sure you can manage an evening job as well? Don’t you think you’re spreading yourself a bit too thin?
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There be so many conflicting demands on your time that you might get little done if you spread yourself too thin. If you know what you want, then focus on it.
As a result, you spread yourself too thin, devoting too little attention to each responsibility.
If you spread yourself too thin, it will affect your health and could lead to accidents.
Don't spread yourself too thin. Instead, you need to devote yourself to someone you thought had written you off.
However, as you diversify be careful not to spread yourself too thin.
Not only will you risk having others take advantage, but you'll potentially spread yourself too thin, at which point your overall performance might suffer.
"Once you spread yourself too thin, I think you're going to start diluting the product.
You can spread yourself too thin and it becomes an exaggerated risk.
"While you don't want to spread yourself too thin, you never really want to have all your eggs in one basket," he said.
teachers and dancers often feel guilty away from work, it can help to know that you'll be more productive if you don't spread yourself too thin.
"You spread yourself too thin, you kind of lose your product," Lee says.
"The only way you can spread yourself too thin is if you forget what your core business is, and machine-made is our core," Meadows said.
It pays not to spread yourself too thin, and it makes sense to concentrate on an area where you have experience and can maintain hands-on supervision.
You can spread yourself too thin. I'm not out to make a name for myself doing more than I can handle." Rankin Construction is about 80 percent complete on a $5 million consolidated support center at the Little Rock Air Force Base.